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Remove Spinyon (Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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Spinyon is a browser extension that causes redirects to sponsored Yahoo search 

Spinyon virus

Spinyon is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that is capable of altering the web browser settings on the device and implementing intrusive activities on the web. This browser-based app belongs to the Webcoapps developer and can be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store[1]. However, cybersecurity researchers point out to the fact that it is typically distributed via phishing websites that trigger redirects to install.spinyon.com download page. Upon installation, the intruder Spinyon settles down as Chrome extension and replaces the start page with feed.spinyon.com or portal.spinyon.com, the search engine with sponsored Yahoo, sets a new tab window, and affects other web browsers settings to make itself easier to generate revenue for the sponsor. 

People who have been tricked into installing the Spinyon virus should not fall for trusting it because using this search tool for online activities is not a good idea. Even though Yahoo is a recognizable name of a legitimate search provider, feed.spinyon.com search provider is sponsored, or a rogue, version of Yahoo used to promote affiliated websites or potentially unwanted applications. Moreover, by using tracking cookies and web beacons, the tool may be set to harvest browsing and search history with an intention to use it for advertising purposes. Therefore, Spinyon removal is the best option that we can come up with. 

Name Spinyon
Cybersecurity reference Browser hijacker, Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Developer  Webcoapps
Distribution As a potentially unwanted program, this extension is mainly distributed as a hidden component of freeware and shareware. However, it may be promoted by adware programs that trigger redirects to install.spinyon.com domain
Main dangers Browser hijackers are not malicious in general, though they can modify web browser's settings in a way to drive visitors' traffic to potentially dangerous websites. Besides, this hijacker may be used for tracking and recording browsing history, user's location, device specifications, and search-related data. 
Symptoms Start page changed to feed.spinyon.com, a search engine to sponsored Yahoo, unknown browser toolbars installed, intrusive ads from notify-service.com, and other domains emerge. Besides, browser may run slower, freeze more frequently, especially after redirects to some suspicious websites
Elimination We recommend using a professional anti-malware tool for Spinyon removal. Eliminating a hijacker manually does not ensure that all entries that exhibit malicious behavior have been removed
AV programs are oriented to malware detection, recognition, and removal. However, malicious programs or PUPs are capable of affecting the system's settings as well, which can be restored with ReimageIntego program

Due to potentially dangerous behavioral traits, Spinyon has been categorized as a browser hijacker and PUP. Experts from virusi.hr[2] claim that this search engine is being actively promoted via freeware and shareware. Besides, promotional content carrying the download of this hijacker is added to multiple adware programs, which organize web browser redirects to install.spinyon.com or install.stream-all.com domains to push Spinyon virus downloads. 

The extension is compatible with all major web browsers, including but not limited to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari. Despite promising to be a great tool for searching the web, it initiates many changes on a target web browser to ensure a freeway for marketing tricks and promotional content. Upon infiltration, Spinyon implements the following changes:

  • Web browser's default search changed to Yahoo
  • Start page, new tab window, and toolbars modified
  • Spinyon takes control over search engine settings
  • Reads web browsing data and records requires entries (IP address, geolocation, search queries, etc.)
  • Enabled push notifications from install1.notify-services.com and notify-service.com 

To get settings back to default and fix these changes, you need to remove Spinyon extension from Chrome or another affected web browser and then scan the system with a professional antivirus program. It's important to recognize and get rid of a PUP or freeware that has been responsible for installing this search engine. Otherwise, the web browser's settings may be compromised each time when the browser is reloaded. 

This PUP seems to be a newcomer to the market since complaints about it emerged in spring 2020. It acts like a typical browser hijacker and, in fact, does not pose risk to the system or user. However, there are many dissatisfied users who claim that continuous Spinyon redirects are intrusive, as well as dangerous because of the misleading content positioned on the affiliate websites. The following websites regularly triggered by this malware:

  • feed.spinyon.com
  • install.spinyon.com
  • install.stream-all.com
  • notify-service.com
  • install1.notify-services.com

The Spinyon is spotted to act like adware or redirect virus. This means that its main goal is to distort the web browser's settings in a way to enable sponsored material within search results and pop-ups that may be possibly dangerous or promote malware. According to researchers, one of the most intrusive traits is a pop-up imitating Chrome alert urging users to scan the device[3], which once clicked redirect to malware download websites. 

Be careful with Spinyon redirects as you can never know what kind of malware it may be set to promote. PUP developers gain profit from every download that is initiated via the service. However, the advertised content and its behavior upon downloading is no liable to the Webcoapps terms. 

Besides, this unwanted extension may cause privacy issues and lead to violations of Privacy Policy. That's because it enables third-party cookies, which allow tracking and recording user's search queries, websites visited, time spent on those websites, IP address, email address, and similar personally non-identifiable information. 

Spinyon redirect virusSpinyon redirects can expose users to potentially dangerous domains promoting malware or other dubious content

However, such and similar information is sensitive enough to cause you some problems. While it's not very likely to end up with identity theft, third-party advertisers may render your browsing data for implementing aggressive advertising strategies, thus filling your web browser with intriguing content and increasing chances that you end up clicking on some of the pop-ups, banners, or hyperlinks. 

Even though this browser hijacker may not seem intrusive at first, it's advisable to remove Spinyon virus without a delay. The more data about your browsing activities it collects, the more redirects and ads it may generate. Keep in mind that it may be involved in PUP distribution, so using it you risk downloading other intrusive browser-based apps. 

A thorough system scan with a reputable AV engine is the most reliable way to remove Spinyon malware from Windows or Mac. The comprehensive security tool will detect all suspicious entries and decontaminate PUPs, so the only thing that you will have to implement on your behalf will be related to the web browser's settings restore. 

Freeware bundling and annoying adware redirects cause malware infiltration

If you have already encountered unwanted changes in your web browser settings, it's very likely that a PUP entered your PC without being noticed. Questionable search engine, intrusive new tab window, multiple toolbars installed, potentially dangerous ads, hyperlinks, and pop-ups on every website visited signal that you must have given permission for an unwanted program to enter the system. 

Yes, we say you must have given permission for PUP to enter because such programs, unlike viruses, are not using malicious scripts to initiate brute force installation. Unwanted browser extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins fall for the category of adware, browser hijacker, and PUP since they do not ask for the user's permission to get installed properly. 

Typically, PUPs are engaged in a software bundling distribution scheme. Unwanted third-party browser-based apps are attached to freeware programs and disguised under the Express installation setup. Thus, it cannot be said that unwanted apps, such as adware or hijacker, do not ask for user's permission. 

Spinyon extensionSpinyon extension settles down on Chrome or other web browser's without being noticed and initiates changes in a way to gain administrative privileges to implement advertising strategies

In fact, the permission is required, though it's implicitly expressed. Bundled programs are pre-selected by default and if the user fails to deselect them during freeware installation, he or she unconsciously agrees with the web browser's changes, sponsored content, advertising, and similar activities. That's why it's important to download freeware extremely carefully. 

In addition to bundling, unwanted apps can be promoted by ad-supported applications that trigger redirects to PUP download websites. Therefore, it's important to keep the system malware-free using a professional anti-virus program because unwanted apps tend to multiply rapidly.

Postponing Spinyon removal can lead to the infiltration of other unwanted programs

Regardless of the malware activity, Spinyon removal is an immediate step that you should take in order to protect the system from subsequent malware attacks. This browser hijacker may be involved in active advertising activities of PUPs, so its silence upon infiltration does not mean that its safe to use. 

The Spinyon virus can be eliminated either manually or automatically. It's your choice, though you should evaluate the behavior that is being implemented on the system. If the advertising content is really thick, it may be that more than one unwanted program resides on your PC and try to maintain persistence. 

The automatic Spinyon removal can give better results because of a full system scan ability to detect and decontaminate all suspicious, potentially dangerous, and malicious entries. 

To fully remove Spinyon virus it's not sufficient to delete freeware or adware from the system's application folder. The process also requires decontamination of web browser's extensions, reset of settings, and disabling of push notifications. Therefore, upon malware elimination, it's advisable to reset the web browser's settings completely. 

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To remove Spinyon, follow these steps:

Delete Spinyon from Windows systems

To get rid of Spinyon virus on Windows OS, you'll have to eliminate all potentially unwanted programs and disabled related plug-ins.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Spinyon and related programs
    Here, look for Spinyon or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Spinyon from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Eliminate Spinyon from Mac OS X system

Spinyon redirect virus can settle down on Mac OS as well. If you are one of its victims, follow this step-by-step tutorial to get rid of it.

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Spinyon from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Spinyon-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Spinyon, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Spinyon and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Spinyon-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove Spinyon from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Spinyon and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Spinyon removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Spinyon from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Spinyon-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Get rid of Spinyon from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

If Microsoft Edge keeps redirecting to misleading websites and displays the search engine that you did n not set, then it might indicate a browser's hijack, which can be fixed by following these steps:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Spinyon and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Spinyon removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Spinyon from Google Chrome

To eliminate feed.spinyon.com search engine from Chrome, you should follow this guidance :[ /GI]

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  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Spinyon and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Spinyon removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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